In earlier Windows versions, the Desktop had important icons enabled by default - This PC, Network, Control Panel, the User files folder were all visible by default. However, in modern Windows versions, Microsoft made most of these icons hidden. In Windows 10, only the Recycle Bin is present on Desktop by default. Also, the Windows 10 Start Menu does not have links to these icons either. Let's see how to add the classic icons back to the Desktop in Windows 10 Creators Update.
In Windows 10, Microsoft removed the classic Personalize item from the Desktop context menu. Once you click "Personalize", it will open the Settings app where you may be lost finding the Desktop icons link. Here is how it can be done.
To enable desktop Icons in Windows 10 Creators Update, do the following.
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to Personalization -> Themes. Refer to the following article to learn more about new personalization options of Windows 10 Creators Update.Tip: You can open this page directly with the following command:
See the list of "ms-settings:" commands here: ms-settings Commands in Windows 10 Creators Update.
- On the right side, you can find the "Desktop icons" link under "Related Settings" below the theme list.
If your screen has big enough resolution, the Related Settings section will appear on the right. Once you click the link, it will open the familiar dialog:
Using this method, you can get something like this:
To open this dialog directly, you can use the following rundll32 command:
rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0
Type or paste it in the Run dialog (press Win + R on your keyboard to open it) or execute it from the command prompt. You might be interested in reading the complete list of Rundll32 commands available in Windows 10.
You can create a Desktop Icon Settings shortcut to open the configuration dialog window faster.
You can also add this command to the context menu of the Desktop folder. Refer to the article: Add classic personalization Desktop menu in Windows 10. It looks as follows:
You will find ready-to-use Registry files in the article mentioned above.